Latest deforestation data in Brazil show significant surge

Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles gives a presentation during a press conference on deforestation in the Amazon at Planalto presidential palace, where President Jair Bolsonaro is in attendance, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Bolsonaro is threatening to dismiss officers at the agency that monitors deforestation in the Amazon over its publication of data he disagrees with. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

RIO DE JANEIRO — New data from the Brazilian space research institute indicates a surge in deforestation in the Amazon in the last quarter.